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took the position that u.s. troops in afghanistan would do no peace keeping, and neither would anybody else. they allowed a small peacekeeping force to go into kabul because the afghans insisted on it. they refused the pleas both from karzai and from the u.n. to expand that peacekeeping force to the rest of the country, and they took the position that u.s. troops in the rest of the country would not do peacekeeping. the result was we turned security throughout a society of 70 million to the afghans, a society that had no army and no police force. so i think it's not remarkable that things deteriorated, that the taliban was able to reconstitute itself, to recruit, to refinance, to reorganize and to begin to project power to get pakistani sanctuaries back into afghanistan, and the united states responded in dribs and drabs over the years. we tend to say that this is the longest war we've ever fought. if you look at the major wars, it's also the least costly. in terms, certainly, in terms of military manpower, the level of casualties in afghanistan is not only smaller than iraq, but it's
agenda with chris cillizza. a report on the total cost of the wars of barack and afghanistan and their impact on the budget with linda of the harvard school of budget. that is here on c-span. next, a discussion on both the obama and bush administration's handling of the war on afghanistan. -- lists include from the cato institute this is one hour and a half. on may 21, 2000 thousand to the american democrats and republicans -- which pledged to dance the creation of a broadbased gender sensitive and fully represented government in afghanistan. those goals were in keeping with the december 2001 bond agreement. the united states and international community have helped -- pledged to promote lasting peace, respectability for human rights in the country. nearly 11 years later amid a labor -- amid a daily parade of reports citing human-rights violations and rampant parity in large-scale corruption, afghanistan continues to face serious obstacles. what went wrong? typically here is one of two responses. the first is that president george w. bush squandered america's quick and easy vi
campaign. the core policy for the united states and afghanistan -- is a core policy, i mean, what is the primary purpose for the united states military in afghanistan? core policy in afghanistan as stated by senior generals, secretaries of state, secretaries of defense, both presidents -- i have gone through and read the unclassified testimony to both the house armed services, senate armed services, from 2002 all the way up to the present. when commanding general's, under secretaries of defense, whomever, were asked by senators or congressmen, what are we doing in afghanistan? why are we there? the answer is always the destruction of al qaeda. period. period. the destruction of al qaeda. this is a very, very limited core policy aim. since 2002, the united states has sought to use a maximalist operational method called armed nationbuilding which is the same as counterinsurgency. to achieve this limited core policy aim. i ask myself why. i think it is because of this rocksolid belief that war can always be made to work. you see why this narrative is so important and so dangerous? th
pleased to talk to you about my year in afghanistan. i'd like to thank the san francisco fleet week association, lewis loeven, specifically, major general myat, always a mentor, former secretary of state schultz and mrs. schultz, mrs. perry, honored to be in your presence. the uss makin island, chief of the fairest city in the world, san francisco, and he esteemed professionals. this is nice, i'm going to move south of here and take you to afghanistan. as you know we have marines, soldiers, sailors in afghanistan currently, but i'm going to bring you to when i was there during 2010 and 2011 after the president decided to surge the forces. first marine decision, first marine expeditionary force forward entered southwest afghanistan during 2009. we arrived in 2010 so it was a bit more stable. and we went straight to helman and nimruz province. very complex dynamic environment that we were operating in but before i begin it talk to you about the operational picture, i just want to give you a snapshot of afghanistan. when we got there i want to set the frame here so you understand
corners of the afghanistan post-2014. it is not only to provide the right level to abies and assessed but also to support the u.s. government enter agency. -- inter agency. i understand what the requirements are for an embassy perspective. not ask you to answer this question as to president karzai's response about support and we should consider what his reaction will be to the continuation of support moving forward. i would make that comment. let me turn to sequestration. "about the troops that will rotate into that theater now and beyond? >> from my perspective, i have been told that sequestration will not affect the resources we have available to our men and women on the ground inside afghanistan and i believe that. my greatest concern is that it will impact the retinas of the units at home preparing to deploy to have to get a stand. one of the great success stories over the last 10 years has been the quality of training and equipping of our men and women in uniform. is no comparison to what training was earlier in my career as a result of the support of congress and leadership and
america: the war within the war for afghanistan." it's about an hour. >> rajiv has that america to being able to focus up close onf human detail. fol he uses small strokes to paint p broad picture. he listens more than he talks. . he speaks to generals frankly, but so do the grunts and the other minor characters who drive the plot of any major story. this month marks the tenth anniversary of george w. bush's invasion of iraq. nothing written or said better explains the resulting folly than rajiv's book, life in the emrad city, the green zone. and yesterday again, rajiv, gives us detail, the new book, "little america." right now these days, a short-term sequester to find $80 billion, but over the next decade we have to scrape up three to five trillion, which is just about what we managed to squander on an iraq war that left so many dead and so many more people who hate us. so let's start there. in the front piece of imperial city, he quotes t.e. lawrence who advised his british superiors in 1917, do not try to do too much with your own hands. better the arabs do it tolerably than you do i
about how the u.s. handled the war in afghanistan. then the producers of the documentary frack nation talk about energy policy and the process of extracting natural gas. after that, citigroup chairman michael o'neill talked about the economy and the state of the banking industry. >> in keeping with the december, 2001, bomb agreement. in which the united states and the international community pledged to help, quote, end the conflict in afghanistan and promote reconciliation, lasting peace, stability and respect for human rights in the country. unquote. nearly 11 years later, amid a daily parade of reports detailing human rights abuses, bloody suth attack, chronic political instability and rampant petty and large scale corruption, afghanistan continues to face serious obstacles. what went wrong? one typically hears one of two responses. the first is that president george w. bush squandsered america's quick and easy victory. by both committing an insufficient number of troops in the beginning and redirecting america's energies to iraq, his policies created a vacuum that enabled the talib
in afghanistan testifies on capitol hill. in about two and a half hours, a news conference on the investigation of the treatment of detained suspected terrorists. after that, a hearing on the federal -- the president house budget request. filmmaker ken burns his latest project. the commander of u.s. and international forces in afghanistan says he needs to see how afghan forces perform before making any recommendations on the future of foreign troop levels. and general joseph dunn furred was before the committee -- dunford was before the committee for two and half hours. -- two and a half hours. >> all set? good morning, everybody. before we begin, i want to take a moment to reflect on the tragedy in boston. thousands of people gathered there yesterday, excepting the physical and mental challenge of running a marathon. the city celebrated its annual patriot's day holiday, and -- in a lot --f in remembrance of boston's role in our nation's founding. whatever their twisted motives, they will fail. aerica has demonstrated remarkable resilience throughout its history and a firm determination to brin
. and then the debate up on afghanistan. ambassador discussed immigration, trade, and the future of u.s.-mexican relations monday at an event hosted by the new policy institute. president obama is scheduled to visit mexico in may, where he will meet with the newly- elected mexican presidents. this is one hour, 25 minutes. >> welcome, everybody. we will begin. thank you for coming. if i can ask all of your potato chip bags be discreet in the way you eat them and the up with it -- obligatory notice of tournament -- turning off the ringers on your mobile phones, but encouraging u.s. the same time to plead as much as you want under the hashtag we are using today. i am the president of the policy institute. we have an extraordinary -- nel da i am hst twelcomehe new ambassador from mexico to the united states, who has already become a good friend to many here in washington. and just to introduce what we do here. we are a small, independent think-tank. hereve had a project called the 21st century border initiative for three years now. we have been trying to tell a simple story to policy-make
, the men and women coming back from iraq and now afghanistan and the injuries, both seen and unseen, that you and your staff have to deal with and everybody on the i cand has to deal with. tell you that i have been on this committee for six years and have had numerous meetings in montana, and i have found one person that does not like v.a. health care. the rest of them love it.i just want to say thank you for your work. this is a $152.7 billion budget that invests significantly in our veterans, and we need to make sure we spend it as effectively as possible. that is an important job, and we need to proceed in a way that honors our military folks and their service and one that makes most sense for taxpayers as to go forward. this is an important discussion, whether we're talking about vet centers or of cemeteries or homelessness or education, there are plenty of issues to talk about, and how we make this i want work is important. to thank you for being here. i look forward to the discussion. >> thank you. >> thank you, mr. chairman, and so not to disappoint the senator from west virg
of the governors bodyguards. a diplomat is among five americans killed in a car bomb blast in afghanistan. they were hit on saturday travel into a school. one afghan was also killed. it happened just hours after the top u.s. military commander arrived in afghanistan. another american was killed in a separate attack in the east. as nato troops continue to withdraw from afghanistan, security is increasingly in the hands of local forces. areafghan local police trying hard to defeat the resurgent taliban fighters. forces began withdrawing combat troops across afghanistan, military commanders hope these men will become the first line of defense in the fight against the taliban after they have gone. at this shooting range, members of the afghan local police are taught marksmanship by afghanistan's special forces. >> we give them the best training. not only are these men willing to fight the taliban, they are ready to fight. >> stationed in rural villages around the country, the forces are made up of around 20 by a dozen officers. help intended to -- extend security and afghan influence to areas
basis. i found as one that wants to end the war in afghanistan as soon as humanly possible, i found some of them agree with me on that. and we have members that have voted with me. i think that we have some common views in terms of the right to privacy. and i think we have some common ground in our reluctance to embrace the patriot act and there are many of us who are liberals like me who agreed with some of the more libertarian members on the need to make sure that, you know, we aren't put into surveillance of necessarily that there is a process in place including, you know, getting a warrant to be able to do that. so on some of these issues there is a common ground. but when it comes to, you know, having the government, you know, there is a rigid ideology that the likes of which i have never, ever seen. i mean, it makes me almost nostalgic for new gingrich. as much as i disagree with him there is a role for government. but you get people who will say when the defense bill comes up for example they will preface the remarks by saying the only thing the constitution requires the congress
to reverse the effects of the state of women and girls in afghanistan. so once the security foot hold was gained in southwest afghanistan by the marines in 2010 and 2011 and they continued to conduct operations as i'm speaking, we began to build capacity at every level to ensure the afghans are ultimately able to take the helm of their own destiny and they have the capacity to run this system. we instituted assessments for growth in schools, we create the thresholds for the complete turn over to the afghans and we ensured that there were actual funding lines present so the kabul ministry can make sure the money what was given to them by foreign governments made it all the way down to that teacher or that principal or that district supervisor for schools. and one thing we did which hadn't been done since 1978 before the invasion of the soviets was we actually brought down the ministry of education to southwest afghanistan. it had been 35 years since that happened. it was too dangerous, way too dangerous. so currently i'll give you a snapshot. in 2007 there were no girls in school in
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about the u.s. wars in iraq and afghanistan. the newspaper quoted officials familiar with interviews that investigators have had with the 19-year-old. the official said the suspect and his older brother do not appear to have been directed by an international terrorist organization. they say evidence suggests they were self-radicalized and that tsarnaev specifically cited the wars in iraq and afghanistan as motivating factors. the suspect is now being treated in the hospital for his injuries. staff say he is recuperating and communicating through writing. authorities charged him with using a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death. he could face the death penalty if convicted. boston police say the street where the bombing took place is now open. in the. the attack killed three and wounded more than 170 others. >>> prime minister shinzo abe has rejected criticism from japan's asian neighbors over visits by his cabinet ministers to a war-related shrine. he says they should not bow to threats. three ministers visited yasukuni shrine over the weekend. the shrine in tokyo honors jap
much. the taliban announced plans to launch a new offensive in afghanistan starting this weekend. in an interview with the associated press, the taliban spokesperson said the group is planning suicide attacks on foreigners and diplomatic areas, as well. tomorrow's launch is timed to coincide of the national holiday marking the soviet overthrow of the government. nato is planning to hand over afghanistan to the leading security. >> the afghanistan security forces view the winter months widely to provide for the hand-over of the security in fashion by 2013. clearly they are ready. >> despite that, april has been the worst month this year in afghanistan. >>> a soldier wounded in afghanistan almost two years ago is about to make his new home in hollister, thanks to the support from the community. more on today's celebration. >> reporter: sirens and a pause to welcome a hero returning from war. severely wounded, the sergeant arrived to a huge crowd on saturday. city residents, fellow vets, and even a former american idol contestant were there to honor his service and break ground on t
. the lessons we learned in iraq we learned in afghanistan. the u.s. military does not automatically make a peaceful situation. there is a limitation. the u.s. has a vault in providing humanitarian aid and figuring out what we can do to help this is the tough question. we do not want to be warning al qaeda. is openness on the house ought to potentially working with partner nations to arm the right set of rebels, but figuring those out remains elusive. rhetoric when it comes done to specifics, what should we do? you talked about in no-fly zone. the losses we would sustain is really pretty extensive. the rhetoric has been hotter. rhetoric is just as a list of over there as it is in the house and the white house. it is a very difficult situation. >> you mentioned the military. do you have any sense of what size and number would be involved? they are moving chemical weapons around. shouldmilitary absolutely not go in. making the situation better. it is something i completely reject. i do not think there is an of forests what size would be able to go in and bring peace to syria and secure the
difficult. the second as we know hamid karzai in afghanistan has also been becoming more and more difficult for the united states to deal with. i think drones began to look like a very attractive way of dealing with a terrorism problem in afghanistan and in pakistan, in part because dealing with the government's was so difficult and costly to do. in a relatively short period of time we've moved from a relatively spare use of drones under the bush administration on something like 50 drone strikes were launched. >> more than 300. >> in the obama administration. in part i think due to the difficulties in the situation. and the notion it's a he is dukdive form of technology it appears to have no risk for u.s. personnel and you can do without boots on the ground. if you think about an american population increasingly war warry, about a government facing financial constraints, drones look like a low cost, low risk option to be able to deal with those problems without having to go through governments or causing problem. >> rose: what do you think the controversy that has taken place will change th
to be comfortable in saying we would no longer need a troop presence in afghanistan? >> the focus post-2014 is about growing capability in the afghans. some challenges the past -- start at the level. they cannot manage a budget right now. as an example, last year, won the execute a very small percentage of the budget, they actually had, it was not due to corruption, but bureaucratic inefficiency. it is very important to sustain our efforts. by the same token there are logistics issues. having logistic infrastructure in place that can assure distribution of supplies all the way down to the lower level is an area that needs to be continued to work on. as i spoke about a minute ago, a leadership development is also important. when i start to look at what we need to do pass 2014, to be clear, our efforts to provide -- our efforts will be to provide security forces. we will be able to measure that sustainability overtime and gradually reduce our princess. >> you have the metrics in place to do that? >> we have the metrics in place, senator, that all the address and we havee to be 14 functional areas wher
on the dinner menu. now to afghanistan where the withdrawing of troops could lead to civil war. after an security forces may not be able to handle the confrontation. after an security forces are making progress. afghan security forces are making progress. this market and of their tour of duty. nine comrades lost their lives here. the sacrifices were honored as the men and women raised their flag ahead of the fighting season. brigade leaves and a new one takes over, they have a difficult balancing act ahead. this year it is not british troops in the lead. that is down to afghan forces with british troops ready to help but only if they are called on for support. >> we cannot let them fail. afghan conference we regard as -- wenter of gravity in can regard on them as the center of gravity. need british forces in the number we got. hear the dust of afghanistan is washed off the ragged leaving afghanistan will cost 300 million -- is washed off. leaving afghanistan will cost 300 million pounds. real questions remain. battlefield casualty evacuation is still far less developed than the west,
partners remain committed to our shared strategy and goals of a fully sovereign afghanistan that is not a safe haven for al-qaeda. >> that is like george bush dodging a shoe. but karzai was more open telling the reporters, i quote yes the office of national security has been receiving support from the united states for the past ten years, a small amount which has been used for various purposes. like helping wounded afghan soldiers paying the rent, that sort of thing. now if you believe karzai's aides, officials telling the time, that ultimately the biggest source of corruption in afghanistan was the united states. meanwhile, back home in the usa politics as usual is wasting even more money than corruption in kabul. the u.s. army has now spent half a billion dollars over the past two years refurbishing part of our fleet of the m-1 ,-1 tasker at a lima, ohio plant. i quote if we had our choice we would use that money in a different ways. and as shawn kennedy in citizens against waste remarked. when the constitution as risk avers department say they have enough tanks we probabl
leader is bribing afghanistan and allies. millions of dollars of cash is being handed to. they brit hume and i will analyze. >> let's say you went into labor, the membranes ruptured and you delivered before we got to the termination part of the procedure here then we would would not help it. >> bill: undercover investigation spotlights two more abortion clinics that will not save babies born alive. >> what if his leg popped out at home? >> flush it. >> my advisors switched offer to the dark side, for example, david axelrod now works for msnbc which is a mace change of pace since msnbc used to work for david axelrod. >> bill: also tonight, the factor's excellent journey to washington over the weekend with the national media remains enthralled with the president. >> rush limbaugh warned you about the second term, baby. >> bill: caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >> bill: hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. the excellent venture to washington, d.c. that's the subject of tonight's talking points memo. we have a lot to tell you to
in afghanistan, the role of women and the state of american politics. our live coverage ends at 3 p.m. eastern, and all of today's events can be seen again at midnight on c-span2. tomorrow at 4 p.m. eastern douglas rusch cover talks about his book, "present shock." then at 5, due to the recent passing of former british prime minister margaret thatcher, a program from the booktv archives about the relationship between prime minister thatcher and president reagan. watch these programs and more all weekend long on booktv. for a complete schedule, visit booktv.org. >>> here's a look at some upcoming book fairs and festivals happening around the country. the philadelphia book festival runs from april 14th through the 20th. the festival will hold events in 54 city library sites and have nightly presentations in the parkway central library's montgomery auditorium featuring authors such as rachel maddow and cheryl strayed. on april 20th and 21st, booktv will be live on the campus of the university of southern california. we'll be covering two days of live panel author discussions and call-in interview
in afghanistan. u.s. military might alone does not necessarily make a peaceful situation. in u.s. has been involved providing humanitarian aid. in working with jordan another earners in the region, figuring out what we can do to help, like you said, the legitimate rebels. that is the tough question. we don't want to be arming al qaeda. we don't want to be creating any more violent or difficult situations. i think there is openness in the house to work with rival nations to arm the right set of rebels, but figuring out who those are remains elusive. so i think it is a more cautious approach. also, for all of the rhetoric out of the senate, when it comes down to specifics, what should we do? you talk about a no-fly zone. the implications of doing a no- fly zone in syria are overwhelming. -- the would read the war we would be engaged in in doing that is really pretty extensive. i think the senate's rhetoric has been hotter, but the specifics on what the logical smart thing to do is just as elusive over there as it is in the house and is -- and as it as itthe white house and is is is in the re
. it is a real life in your face reminder the fight is still fierce in afghanistan as a cnn crew gets caught in a shootout. >>> the pop culture lead the science of "jurrasaic park" if there were ever a movie that needed a 3-d re-release this is it but this may be the closest we get to bringing dinosaurs back to life. turns out we've learned a lot more in the 20 years since this film first hit theaters. >>> our national lead, for some it's about time. for others it's an outrage. a federal judge in new york has ruled that every woman and girl regardless of her age should have access to the morning after pill. that's without a prescription. and in the case of minors without the consent of a parent. erin mcpike is here with more. this flies in the face of the obama administration's stance on emergency contraception. do you think this is the last word or will this fight continue? >> it probably will continue. white house spokesman jay carney said today the president still stands by age limits even though the judge today said this order is arbitrary and unreasonable. so the justice department said
compelled to help. these are the challenges that our citizens face, not just in afghanistan but in many dangerous parts of the world. >> reporter: the attack in the southern province of zabul was the single deadliest for americans in afghanistan since july. three service members, two civilians. and coincided with the unannounced visit to the battlefield of joint chiefs chairman, general martin dempsey. in an interview sunday with the associated press, dempsey says he's cautious about the upcoming transfer of security responsibilities to afghan forces, though expressed optimism they will ultimately prove successful. >> the good news is that even though the taliban has some toughness and some resilience and some success in these missions, the afghan forces are not folding. they're holding up. >> reporter: as civilian deaths have mounted in afghanistan, tensions between washington and kabul have increased, which secretary kerry appeared to have smoothed somewhat during his recent meeting with president hamid karzai. still, another 11 afghan civilians, including ten children, died today in
and japan. i think he has been a very proactive secretary since he was sworn in, in afghanistan working . i think that is crucial. i'm really happy with what he is doing. youngf us knows what this leader in korea would do. think we have to remember is south korea has a new young member. when they said that ship, south korea said that is the last time. next time we're going to respond. general thurman has his hands full. >> if i could follow up. most generals and admirals at the pentagon expect north korea to do another ballistic missile test of some time. how should the u.s. responds? if years ago he wrote an op-ed same the north koreans put a ballistic missile on the launch pad and we should take it out before they fire. we need a harder line to discourage this behavior. how should the u.s. respond? i do not want to second- guess. the commander in chief will make the decision. did the military will give him options. i am not the president. i do not have that ability. i do not want to get out in front of any decisions that he might make. i do think, and i have said this before, our whole po
promises to keep troops in afghanistan after nato and its mission. we will find out why. >> also, remembering the warsaw uprising. stay with us. >> welcome back and thanks for staying with us. we continue in poland where people have been remembering the 70th anniversary of the warsaw uprising. back then, about 750 jews with very few weapons made their desperate opening attack on april 19, 1943 on a much larger and very well-equipped german military force. >> a few of those fighters survived the uprising. here's the message of one man who did. >> sirens rang out as warsaw commemorated the jewish men and women who rose up against the nazis 70 years ago, a rebellion that cost lives. this 89 year old is one of the few survivors of the uprising. >> we wanted to choose the way we would die, but to this very day, the thought torments me that we were too quick to decide if someone had days or weeks to live only to then die in the uprising. >> the only on april 19 -- early on april 19, 1943, troops into the ghetto, rounding up 60,000 jews, but the nazis were met with resistance that laste
a afghanistan. it was centered 16 miles northwest of jalalabad. it's the latest in a string of terrorist to shake asia in the past week. fighting in northwest china has killed at least 21 people 50. in of them police officers. most of the dead were ethnic uigurs. it's not clear what started the fight, but police were investigating an arson attack at the time. >> the preliminary investigation showed it was a premeditated attack carried out by a violent terror group. i would like to point out to the current situation is good in general, but a small cluster of terrorist forces are still doing their very best to disturb and sabotages stability and development. >> our correspondent has more from hong kong. >> racial tensions run deep in the autonomous province. there are more than 10 ethnic groups that live here. the area is dominated politically and economically by the haan chinese. uigurs say they are the indigenous people and not getting their rights held. this has become the focal point of ethnic tensions in china. over the years, there have been many violent clashes such as that seen on
bhutto. is toture of afghanistan be the main topic at a meeting of of its neighbors. a meeting in kazakhstan will discuss it economic infrastructure and trade issues. the economy needs all the help it can get. >> this kabul transport company is working at 1/4 of its capacity. business in pakistan was a mainstay but has dried up. >> no one wants to work with afghanistan. we are the heart of asia and connect to these countries. we should have good relations with these countries. at the moment, a business with them is declining. >> most of his remaining business is the international troops or aid and as citizens but he does not expected to last long. to annistan is shifting fr investment-based economy. construction is one business suffering and heavy equipment like this it sits idle for months. equipment rental costs are half what they were a few years ago. there are fewer building projects. in the past 10 years, the market require desperate there were many projects by the u.s. government and other countries but now they are going down. >> is company employs 800 afghans including
afghanistan. the un drugs and crime agency says "it is a worrisome situation." it's forecast to rise right across the country for the third year in a row in afghanistan. now this report from kabul. >> by mid afternoon every day, an estimated 1 million afghans are lost to the world. smoking raw opium in squalid streets like this one, alongside an open sewer in the war ravaged streets of kabul. afghan opium refined into heroine destroys lives in britain as well. that's one of the reasons tony blair said that britain went to war in afghanistan in the first place and sent troops south to helmand province in 2006. but the british troops senior patrolling with afghans by a field of opium poppies and harvest time last year have failed to stop the crops. in forecasting an increase in production this year, the u.n. blames corruption and insecurity but also failure to help farmers grow other crops. building an alternative to the drug economy in helmand. alternative crops like cotton have failed to find a market. farmers i met have all year. cottonaid the price of is so low that they have to sell it
intense preoccupation on two wars of a particular kind in iraq in afghanistan, one that finished and one that will wind down to an enduring presence over the next two years, we are turning a strategic corner. we are turning our attention on the challenges and opportunities that will define our future. we know that many -- what many of these challenges are, continued turmoil in the middle east, in during threats like weapons of mass destruction, and a range of new threats and new domains like cyber. we also see great opportunities. the most consequential of which is to shift the great weight of the department of defense, both intellectual and physical, to the asia pacific region to reinforce the long-standing commitments there. the logic of our rebalance is simple, the asia pacific theater has enjoyed peace and for over 60 years. this has been true, despite the fact there is no formal over arching security structure, no nato to make sure historical wounds are healed. during that time, first japan rose and prospered, then south korea rose and prospered, and then many nations in southeast a
's very graphic. graphic images. these are some children killed in afghanistan reportedly in a nato air strike. local sources in a province on the pakistan border say 11 children died in the air strike and that several adults were killed as well. a nato military spokesman says they're aware of the reports and they are looking at it. they're investigating. >>> also killed in afghanistan this weekend, six americans in two separate incidents. one of them was a suicide bombing that killed three us u.s. service members and two government civilians. 25-year-old ann smettinghall was among those killed. she loved what her family described as work that made a difference in the afghan people's lives. just a few minutes ago i talked with ann's father. >> we are doing okay. i think we are consoled by the fact that, you know, our daughter was really doing what she loved and making an important contribution, a positive contribution in the process. and we have been so gratified by all of the outpourings of support and condolences from so many people that she knew from so many lives that she touched. i
in afghanistan. the state department confirms to cnn that ann smedinghoff was a public diplomacy officer assigned to the u.s. embassy in kabul. it is believed they is the only diplomat killed in hostile territory since the libyian died nearly seven months ago. anne smedinghoff was just 27 years old. three defense ministers and an employee were traveling to a school to donate books. i will talk with anne's father in a moment. but first, i want to go to washington where athena jones has more state department reaction. john kerry had met this young woman personally. >> had hawai, don, that's right. john kerry met anne smedinghoff and he was clearly impressed by her. let's listen to what he told a group of diplomats today. >> when i was in afghanistan, she was part of my team. and she was someone who worked hard and put her life on the line so that others could live a better life. >> and secretary kerry told that group of state department employees that he had the chance to speak with smedinghoff's family after learning of this tragedy. don? >> let's talk about the military draw down from afghanistan
to you about afghanistan because from what i have read and what i have heard is that much of the aid that we've given and i'm not even talking about the military now it's been very wasteful, it's lined the pockets of bad actors, it's been used for bribery, it's made folks there more reliant on the united states and less reliant on themselves. so in that regard, i would like you to comment on that but i want to ask you some questions that you could also comment on. who is in charge of the development in the world? you can use afghanistan as an example. is it the military who seems to be doing similar functions? is at the state department do you measure your outputs if you build a school day you actually determine whether anybody is getting educated? and how would you avoid the kind of waste that we have heard about in afghanistan and the future? >> thank you come congresswoman and for the practice because foreign aid is less than 1 percent of our budget and for that we believe that we deliver critical national security results and economic opportunities that sustain american leadershi
a very proactive secretary since he was sworn in. he's been to afghanistan working on the sba there, which i think is crucial, so i'm real happy with what he's doing. but you know, this is a touch and go thing. none of us knows what this young leader in korea would do. and i think the thing that we have to remember is that south korea has a new young leader that has made commitments, and when they sunk that ship, korea, the south, said that's the last time, next time they do something, we're going to respond, so i know general fuhrman has his hands full. >> phi could follow on that. >> sure. >> most generals and admirals you talk to, it depends on, expect north ye contra-- north korea to do another ballistic missile test of some kind and how should the u.s. respond? a few years ago, carter, he wrote an op-ed in the post saying that the north koreans put a ballistic missile on the launchpad, we should take it out with a fire. we've got to take a harder line to discourage this kind of aggressive behavior on their part. how should the u.s. should respond, if the north koreans do anothe
and afghanistan and the way they handled the devices and the trade craft leads me to believe there was a trainer and the question is where is that trainer or trainers. are are they overseas in the chechen region or not united states. in my conversations with the fbi that is a big question. they have casted a wide net both overseas and in the united states toughened out where this person is but i think the experts all agree that there is someone who did train these two individuals. >> chris: somebody that was involved in the plot who is not either dead or captured? >> i think that is the concern is there could be a wider conspiracy. chris, what i find asounding is that right out of the boxes official' none mustily are saying -- anonymously are saying there is no foreign connection to the case when in fact the fbi just began the investigation into the case. just got his computer and just sent a u.s. team to interview witnesses and yet the narrative being played out by some in the the administration is there is no foreign connection just the two guys on their own. >> chris: and why would they push
-old foreign service officer killed saturday in afghanistan along with four other americans were returned to u.s. soil. in her home town of river forest, illinois, near chicago, flags dotted the lawn of her family's neighborhood. she was the first u.s. diplomat killed since september in benghazi, her aunt spoke about her. >> she was so -- very excited to be in a place where she felt she and our country could make a positive difference. >> nbc's atia aboyi and the deputy director of women in foreign policy and contributing editor for "newsweek" and "daily beast" and have written extensively about afghanistan and atiya i know you lived in kabul and i know that secretary kerry was so impressed with her when we were in kabul two weeks ago and have since learned it's been brought to my attention through the reporting, that she was really responsible for that wonderful afghan youth symphony trip here, the story we did for "the today show" a month or so ago. this is all really devastating, she was so engaged in connecting with the people of afghanistan. outside the confines of the embassy compound. a
. in eastern afghanistan. american aid money is being handed directly to the afghan government, making afghans in charge of reconstruction. protesterladesh, a has been shot to death. 15 others have been injured during lcashes -- during clashes. the man was a member of the student party. the party has called for a nationwide strike and has demanded the release of its president. he was arrested last month on charges of inciting violence. here is our special correspondent, who we are not naming, for security reasons. >> they were killed in clashes between the protesters and the police. the protests have been intense. they said they have come under attack. the area is calm now. this is reflective of the kind of sporadic violence happening across the country whenever these strikes happen. they are happening almost on a daily basis. this one follows another two day to strike from another opposition party that has shut down the country. that is so far the only death that has been reported today. we have seen vehicles being torched throughout the day. that is a current -- a common occurrence during a
in afghanistan on an especially bloody weekend. is it a sign this war is far from over? >>> in the running? strong new signals that hillary clinton may want to follow in her husband's footsteps. andrea mitchell reads between the lines. >>> what lies beneath. just what is with all those dangerous sinkholes that have been appearing around the country? tonight we'll try to get to the bottom of it. >>> preventing alzheimer's. the new drugs that could hold a key to keeping the disease at bay. >>> and star gazing. our inside look at one of the biggest collections of hollywood images rescued from the trash heap of history. >>> good evening. members of the u.s. diplomatic core are mourning the loss of one of their own in afghanistan at the end of an especially deadly weekend there. among the six americans killed yesterday in a pair of attacks was a young woman described tonight as selfless and idealistic by secretary of state john kerry. yesterday was the deadliest day for the u.s. in afghanistan since last summer, and it was followed today by the deaths of nearly a dozen afghan civilians in a nat
binding code of conduct. . >>> the two statues were best known of afghanistan antiquities. one more site is under threat. we have the sty. >> reporter: they're on high alert for armed militants who remain active in the part of the country. buddhists ruins is situated here the 2,500 meters above sea level. it's believed to stretch 12 kilometers from east to west and 8 kilometers from north to south. it prospered as a buddhist city between the second and seventh centuries. on excavation four years ago and after a number of ruins more than five meters below ground. researchers have identified eight temples so far. they are in incredibly good condition. this statue is of buddha delivering his teaching. the color of his robe has been preserved for more than 1,000 years. the detail of the material is clearly visible too. human bones were also right arm found. they believe to belong to a priest who lived in the temple. it's not just temples that have been discovered here. this extraordinary ruin is on the verge of being torn down. buildings have been erected the ruin. the red line indicates a c
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